Sunday, October 25, 2009

The "Supahboru Ekusupuresu"

Just want to share and forgive me for posting it very late. Last summer, my tekido no hito* invited me to come to his place. He told me that we will go somewhere together with his family. I thought we are going to dine in a fine restaurant (c0z' it's always like that everytime he calls) but it's not what I thought it was. He told me that we will attend Natsu* Festival in Uchida Chou. Unlike any other festivals, Natsu Festival is held in one area. No parades and the likes. No liquors and any other alcoholic beverages. Just a simple festival for kids with candies, balloons and games. I was surprised when he told me we are going to sell supahboru to kids.


Small stage for a mini- show.




Father and son.


Itteirashai!...Ikutsu?...Ganbate ne!...Arigatou!...(Welcome!...How many?...Good luck!...Thank you!...) were my few words while selling. We have a lot of customers that time 'coz we only offered a very cheap price. I was the only foreigner in the group. People were amazed seeing me selling and interacting with them. Funny because one Japanese mother couldn't help but asked me to have a picture together with her children ( now I know how it feels like to be a celebrity haha joke!).


Asking Miwa san about the game policy.



Su-pah-bo-ru E-ku-su-pu-re-su . It's not some sort of "abra kadabra" spell nor a kind of Japanese food. It's simply superball express (yeah right). It's just the way how they say it. They don't even have a local term for that. Superball game is very popular to Japanese children. It is a high-bouncing rubber ball submerged in water where children have to get certain number of balls in exchange for a bigger one. That time, the policy was 25 catches = 1 two-inch superball. 45 catches=2 two-inch superballs and so on... They have to use a catcher made of Japanese paper .They have to do the catching carefully so as to prevent the paper from tearing. Once torn, the player is no longer allowed to continue the game.


The superball on katami (Japanese carpet)


It's almost 8 pm when we finished the activity. I was so happy and fulfilled eventhough I was so exhausted. My boss told me that all the proceeds will go to his favorite charitable institution. They do the fundraising venture once a year. I am very proud that I was once part of it.



*Tekido no hito- a moderator. Every AOTS Japan scholar requires a tekido no hito during the specialization of his/her training.

*Natsu- summer.

49 comments:

Jho said...

there's a lot of so-called festivals in Japan. I get confuse most of the time. Especially when Im watching anime. hehe.. uyyyyy.. celebrity! pa-picture naman! hahahaha! XD

Jag said...

Oo nga eh. What i like here is that they have a lot of holidays hehehehe...sure! picture picture hahahah...

I am Xprosaic said...

Ahahahahahahhaha... No comment ako you know na... jijijijiji

Jag said...

Seloso ka yaya! Hahahaha...

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

mabuti naman at ganun ang boss mo..masayang alaala iyon sa iyo na naging bahagi ka ng ganun..

Jag said...

oo nga eh jijiji...pero dati n din akong kasapi sa mga outreach programs na yan khit nung nsa Pilipinas pa ako jijiji...

Khim said...

parang hindi ko na get yong game ...whatever?

fiel-kun said...

Yay another great post from you Jag-kun! sugoi ne!

Mabuti at naging isa ka sa blog pals ko. Nadagdagan tuloy lalo ang mga natututunan ko about sa ganda ng culture ng Japan. Saka lumalawak pa lalo ang Japanese vocabulary ko :XD

Gusto ko din i-try yang super ball express. Sounds really fun!

btw, wala pa pala akong bagong post... siguro mga before mag-Halloween gagawa lang ako ng simple entry.

Ja matane!

manik_reigun said...

asteyg.
gusto ko pumunta ng japan!!!
(para mamasyal!)
hehe

Alicia said...

Sounds like a fun time!

Goryo Dimagiba said...

Baka naman nagagawi jan si Naruto-kun.. Hinahanap ko kasi siya eh.. ituturo ko sa kanya yung ultimate technique na kelangan niyang matutunan.. Yung pangontra sa Biya-holdup.. Pa-inform na lang cya pag nakita mo..

ahihihi.. APir

beng said...

wow.. sosyalin, nagpapic pa sayo yung mother at children nya..yay! instant celebrity ka that day ha. hihi..

cute game, parang alam ko yan, yung game na ba yan yung parang katulad nung sa huhuli ka ng fish using catcher made of paper? hehe..

-Parts- said...

Npipilipit dila ko sa kkbasa s mga japanese words.. hehehehe Dami rin p lang festival dyan noh?

Happy Monday! :-)

eden said...

daming festival sa japan but my favourite is the cherry blossom festival.hehehe.. i love flower kasi and i can't get enough cherry blossom here when its in season. we have to travel an hour drive to see more but not that many like there..

glad to know you had a great time. by the way, thanks for the japanese words you shared, i heard some japanese people here saying arigatou, now i know what is that means...heheh

chubskulit said...

Bago ko makalimutan, I been meaning to ask what is Kaleidos?

Dami talagang festival dyan sa Japan noh, too bad di man lang ako makakapunta dyan hehehe.. Paalis na din kasi kami dito sa Korea so no chance na to go there.. hay buhay..

Jag said...

@ khim: mmmm...it`s a kid`s game jijijiji...simpleng game n kailangang mkasalok ng bola na nasa tubig gamit ang catcher n gawa sa Japanese paper...challenging xa kc nsa tubig ung bola kailangang d mpunit ang catcher pra mkuha ang bola...jijijiji...

@ fiel-kun: Halu! I will try to post more of my explorations here in Japan. Antayin ko sa Halloween ang post mo jijijiji...Ang galing mo nmn marami ka ng alam na Jap words jijijiji...Keep it up!

Jag said...

@ manik_reigun:Wow! Bigtime! Gagala lng xa jijijij...

@Alicia :You said it!jijijiji...

Jag said...

@ Goryo Dimagiba: Ahahahaha adik ka bro! Bago un ah biya-holdap? jijijiji...kailangang lng uminom ng Thiodan este Bonamine b un? jijijijiji...

@ beng: Halu! Sayang nga d ako nkahingi ng kopya nung pic jijijijiji...tama ka ganun na ganun ang game. Meron ding gnun dito na goldfish naman ang sinasalok jijjijiji...

Jag said...

@ -Parts-: Tongue-twisting b? jijijijiji...tulad sa atin maraming festivals dito jijijiji...

@ Eden: Hi po! Tama ka maganda ang Sakura Festival dito. Nakakamangha kac talagang may exact schedule cla kung kelan magbloom ang sakura. Sa totoo lng may kopya ako ng schedule nila pati area kung saan may sakura jijijiji...Pro may mga Japanese na ayaw naman ang sakura kac may iilan dito na allergic sa pollen grains nito. Malalamang allergic ang tao sa Sakura pag naka-facemask xa (liban lng kung may sipon or flu ung tao)jijijiji...

Jag said...

Kaleidos...pinaigsing kaleidoscope jijijiji...why? makulay lang sadya ang isipan ko which is constantly changing...its hues jijijijiji...Ang galing! Dami mo na ding napuntahan...

Jag said...

@ chubskulit:Kaleidos...pinaigsing kaleidoscope jijijiji...why? makulay lang sadya ang isipan ko which is constantly changing...its hues jijijijiji...Ang galing! Dami mo na ding napuntahan...

fiel-kun said...

@jag-kun: ngek, konti pa nga ang alam kong japanese words eh... medyo nahihirapan pa akong magconstruct ng isang sentence >_<

Nakakatwa yung comment ni mang Goryo sa taas. uu nga naman, baka mapasyal si Naruto at Sakura dito. Paki-kamusta mo na lang kami hehe :XD

Nga pala, malapit ba yang lugar niyo sa Ichinomiya City? dun kse nagwork ang father ko. Kakauwi lang nya last September ^^

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

masarap makihalubilo sa mga tao lalo kapag tulong ang dahilan ng pakikihalubilo..

Jag said...

Mahirap tlga kasi iba ang sentence pattern nila jijijijiji...I`m not sure pero mejo malayo ata yung Ichinomiya city from my place parang nasa bandang Aichi prefecture un xa pero d ako sure dun ask mo n lng dad mo jjijiji...nakow! lagi kaming mgkasama ni Naruto dito tuwing TTH ng alas siyete ng gbi (un nga lng nsa loob xa ng tv wakokokokokokz)...matured n hitsura ni Naruto...

Jag said...

@ Arvin U. dela Pena: Tumpak k jan tol! masarap ang pakiramdam...

mr.nightcrawler said...

naks... ang ganda ng pektures parekoy.... sana maka-dalo din ako sa mga ganyan... i-accommodate mo ako pag pumunta ako jan ah. hehe. ayos :P

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

ang saya ng festival dyan ah..^_^
wow may fundraising pala kayo dyan..bait naman.
sana ako rin maranasan ko minsan ang feeling ng maging celebrity. L.O.L! ^_^

Jag said...

@ mr.nightcrawler: SurE walang problema yon. Basta ba andito pa ako sa Japan jijijiji...

@ Meryl (proud pinay) : OO ang bait nila nakisawsaw lng ako jijijijiji...masaya ako`t mabait bosing ko jijijiji...u can be a celebrity in ur own way jijijiji...

gege said...

wooOOooOh! SARAP TALAGA SA PAKIRAMDAM YUNG NAGBABATABATAAN!

tapos this time..
3 in one.

nakapaglaro ka na..
sumaya ka na...
nakatulong ka pa!!!

nice one kuya JAG!

:P

Jag said...

ahahaha oo nga eh pero di ako naglaro gege, nanood lang jijijijiji...nakakapagod pro masarap talaga ang pakiramdam jijijijiji...inadd n pla kita sa links ko...

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

naku, hanggang sa panaginip na lang ang pagiging celebrity ko hahaa...pero lumabas na ako sa television..sa NBN channel 4 Sunday TV mass kumakanta ako doon dati eh ^_^

Jag said...

Wow! Singer ka pla! jijijij Galing! Next time pag lumabas k uli sa tv batiin mko jijiji joke! jijijijiji...parinig naman ng sampol jan! jijijiji...

Renz Taburada said...

It's always interesting to join and merged with different culture.

dodong flores said...

I agree with Renz. A new culture always fascinates me. I'm always open into learning other cultures. Such kind of festivity you attended is just appropriate that you may easily see what is it all about being a Japanese.
Pastilan, napaka-colorful man diay sa imong experience living in Japan ;)

Jag said...

@ Renz Taburada: Yes you're right man! What I like here most is that they are very particular with time management which is very totally different from the way I used to be. It changed me somehow...

@ dodong flores: Travelling, meeting new people, learning new cultures are my fascinations. Just being lucky that I was given a chance to be here...Mao jud dong laag laag lang para mawala ang kalaay ug homesickness jjijijijiji...

Jag said...

@ Renz Taburada: totally different I should say...

-Parts- said...

-happy weekend-!

NYOG said...

hello friend.. thanks for visiting.. see u around..
NYOG | Not Your Ordinary Guy

Jag said...

@ Parts: Same to you Borgy boy!

@ NYOG: thank you too!

Renz Taburada said...

Hi, Jag. Napadaan lang ulit... :)

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

naku sayang parinig ko sana sa iyo voice ko.... hehe..kaso wala na ako sa choir... sa pinas un NBN channel 4 Sunday TV mass...sana kung nasa blogosphere na ako nun batiin ko kayong lahat na bloggers ^_^ hehe.

Jag said...

@ Renz Taburada: Pacnxa na parekoy kung medyo matagal ako mag update dito medyo busy eh...thanks for the regular visit...

@ Meryl (proud pinay): Zannen desu ne...Sayang! jijijiji...pacnxa na guys kung medyo matagal ang update ko dito busy lng kc...I`ll make up if I have time...

Rocky Garcia said...

Konnichiwa! That was a cool festival for family bonding. :-)

Jag said...

@ Rocky Garcia: Konbanwa!Yeah, you said it right! Thanks for visiting!

donster said...

Aba Yaya, madami ka ng friends! di ka na autistic!!! Weeeeeeeeeee I'm alayb!

kathy said...

Seems like you're having so much fun! Thanks for the visit and the comment...

Jag said...

@ donster: xempre charming at friendly tayo kaya maraming friends jijijijiji...bah nagbalik ang halimaw!

@ kathy: Yes I had fun. thanks for visiting me back...

Renz Taburada said...

Hi, Jag. Super-saya dito sa blog mo. Daming visitors :)

Jag said...

@ Renz Taburada: at isa ka na doon kaya maraming slamat sa regular visit mo jijiji... ingats!

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